Aquatic ther­apy — an al­ter­na­tive to pain med­i­ca­tion

The Phoenix - - NEWS - By John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Owner of Mishock Phys­i­cal Ther­apy & As­so­ci­ates

Aquatic ther­apy is quickly be­com­ing well known for its amaz­ing ef­fects on de­creas­ing pain, speed­ing re­cov­ery and im­prov­ing func­tion.

Aquatic ther­apy, or pool ther­apy, con­sists of an ex­er­cise pro­gram that is per­formed in the wa­ter.

The wa­ter pro­vides buoy­ancy and hy­dro­static pres­sure. The buoy­ancy of the wa­ter de­creases weight bear­ing by up to 90 per­cent when sub­merged to neck height. Thus an in­di­vid­ual who is un­able to sup­port their body weight due to pain, weak­ness or im­mo­bil­ity can walk with min­i­mal sup­port in the pool. The buoy­ancy of the wa­ter also sup­ports weak mus­cles, en­hances flex­i­bil­ity and im­proves range of mo­tion through­out the body.

An­other ben­e­fit of aquatic ther­apy is hy­dro­static pres­sure. Hy­dro­static pres­sure is the force ex­erted on the im­mersed body by fluid mol­e­cules. Hy­dro­static pres­sure de­creases pain and edema, which, in turn, in­creases range of mo­tion of the up­per and lower ex­trem­i­ties. It also in­creases ve­nous re­turn and cir­cu­la­tion by as­sist­ing the heart and de­creas­ing blood pool­ing in ex­trem­i­ties.

These aquatic ther­apy ben­e­fits can re­duce pain and im­prove func­tion, thereby re­duc­ing the need for the highly ad­dic­tive nar­cotic anal­gesics that are com­monly used to­day.

At Mishock Phys­i­cal Ther­apy, Gil­bertsville, we have a state-of-the-art aqua ther­apy pool. This aqua ther­apy pool is sim­i­lar to those used in hos­pi­tals, re­hab clin­ics and col­lege and pro­fes­sional sports teams, in­clud­ing the Philadel­phia Ea­gles, Fly­ers and Phillies.

If you have chronic pain, con­sult with your physi­cian to see if aquatic ther­apy would be ap­pro­pri­ate for your re­cov­ery.

Our staff would wel­come the op­por­tu­nity to help you de­crease pain, im­prove your func­tion and re­turn you to the high­est qual­ity of life pos­si­ble. We are here to serve you with six con­ve­nient lo­ca­tions in Skip­pack, Gil­bertsville, Barto, Phoenixville, Lim­er­ick and Stowe (Pottstown).

For more in­for­ma­tion or to make an ap­point­ment, call 610-327-2600, email [email protected]­cast.net or visit us on­line at mishockpt.com.

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